LIT­TLE’S LEG­END LIVES ON

The life and works of one of Aus­tralia’s most cel­e­brated Abo­rig­i­nal singer-song­writ­ers will be im­mor­talised in new show Coun­try Song

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - DRESSING ROOMERS - KATE PETERS

This col­umn comes to you from the throb­bing heart of Khao Lak, Thai­land, where Yours Truly is en­joy­ing the sun and ex­otic “lady boy” en­ter­tain­ment … more on that soon. On Satur­day the world pre­miere sea­son of Coun­try Song will be­gin at the Cre­morne Theatre. Coun­try Song is based on songs and sto­ries about the life of one of Aus­tralia’s most cel­e­brated and beloved Abo­rig­i­nal singer­song­writer mu­si­cians – Jimmy Lit­tle. His is a story of in­spi­ra­tion and hope; a pi­o­neer­ing artist who de­fied in­cred­i­ble odds as he jour­neyed from im­mense poverty and per­sonal tragedy to be­come one of Aus­tralia’s found­ing coun­try mu­sic stars. Jimmy Lit­tle’s ca­reer spanned six decades and his legacy re­mains to­day. In his life­time he re­leased 34 al­bums, he had an act­ing ca­reer, he was in­ducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, he won a swathe of awards and he es­tab­lished the Jimmy Lit­tle Foun­da­tion to as­sist other in­dige­nous Aus­tralians who have kid­ney dis­ease. Book through QPAC. Spotlight Theatre has an­nounced Deaf Ser­vices Queens­land will be pro­vid­ing an in­ter­preter for hearingim­paired pa­trons at their pro­duc­tion of Dream­land on July 11 for the 10.30am per­for­mance. Deaf Ser­vices Queens­land is de­lighted to be sup­port­ing Aus­lan Stage Left to train a new team of lo­cal in­ter­preters to cre­ate ac­cess to the lo­cal theatre cul­ture to the deaf and hard of hear­ing com­mu­nity. Spotlight hopes this will be the be­gin­ning of a new re­la­tion­ship that will en­able them to do this for all of their shows in the fu­ture. Brett Casey, CEO for Deaf Ser­vices Queens­land, says: “In­ter­preted theatre and the arts op­por­tu­ni­ties are few and far be­tween in the Sun­shine State and this train­ing pro­vides a great first step to broad­en­ing the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able to deaf and hard of hear­ing peo­ple to par­tic­i­pate in their lo­cal arts scene.” Dress­ing Roomers hears Tams-Wit­mark Mu­sic Li­brary mu­si­cals will now be avail­able for li­cense from Ori­gin The­atri­cal for the first time in Aus­tralia and New Zealand. This is good news for all di­rec­tors keen to present shows for­merly li­censed by Tams-Wit­mark in New York (this in­volved much cor­re­spon­dence with the over­seas com­pany, tak­ing into ac­count dif­fer­ing time zones etc.) To ap­ply for a li­cence for shows pre­vi­ously held by TM New York, just con­tact orig­inthe­atri­cal.com.au In re­hearsal on the Gold Coast this week are GCLT’s Pri­vate Lives, Spotlight’s Legally Blonde and Javeen­bah’s Ho­tel Sor­rento. Cur­rently play­ing is Bal­lina Player’s Oliver. In another bout of nos­tal­gia, Top Hat Pro­duc­tions will present Cock­tails with Noel & Ger­tie – A Mar­vel­lous Party at Spotlight’s Base­ment Theatre, open­ing on Septem­ber 17. The show is an ex­panded ver­sion of the two-han­der Tony Al­cock and Yours Truly took on tour some years ago. This time the role of Noel Cow­ard will be played by Rob Hor­ton, a fine pro­fes­sional ac­tor who was last seen play­ing the priest in GCLT’s Romeo and Juliet. I will be play­ing Gertrude Lawrence, with ap­pear­ances as Ethel Mer­man, Cole Porter, Yul Bryn­ner, An­dre Char­lot and Mar­lene Di­et­rich played by vet­eran mu­sic theatre lead­ing lady Sheila Bradley, Dou­bleMo award win­ner Kirri Adams, Golden Palms nom­i­nee Martin Jen­nings and oth­ers to be an­nounced. Book­ings are now open on 5539 4255. School hol­i­day fun con­tin­ues with Queens­land Theatre of Pup­petry’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Gerda Pin­ter Pav­il­ion, Mac­in­tosh Is­land Park, Surfers Par­adise. It plays week­days at 9.30am and 11am un­til July 10. Spotlight is pre­sent­ing Dream­land, a con­tem­po­rary pan­tomime, as their July school hol­i­day show. Book at spot­lightthe­atre. com.au or call 5539 4255. Also com­ing up to­mor­row night is the Gold Coast Jazz and Blues Club’s Cake­walk into Town, with the Braben-Jen­ner Hot Five. Shows at 7.30pm at the Par­adise Room, The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast. Book at the box of­fice on 5588 4000 or at gold­coast­jaz­zclub.com. Spotlight Theatre will present their own Golden Girls in Morn­ing Melodies on July 22 at 10.30am. The Spotlight Golden Girls are cel­e­brat­ing 25 years of en­ter­tain­ing res­i­dents in var­i­ous nurs­ing homes and aged care fa­cil­i­ties on the Gold Coast. The girls per­form more than 100 free shows each year. All are in their golden years and are aided and abet­ted by Eula pi­anist and mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Mar­i­lyn Hodge. There’s only one show, con­tact Doreen on 0403 810 940 for more info and to book. Cost is $16 in­clud­ing morn­ing tea.

Pic­ture: JAMIE HAN­SON

Michael Tuahine plays Jimmy Lit­tle in the QTC pro­duc­tion of

Coun­try Song

at Cre­morne Theatre, QPAC.

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